The Nigerian Police will recruit additional 10,000 men to boost the fight against insurgency and combat criminality, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. He said this at the opening of a National Security conference organised by the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with The Sun Publishing limited in Abuja on Monday. “While it is understandable that unemployment, illiteracy, radicalization, negative peer group influence, substances abuse and erosion of family and moral values are social factors that underline criminal tendencies, the reality remains that the task of addressing these challenges is that of parents, teachers, community and the state”, Buhari stated.
“In other words, it is bottom to top operation. It is in acknowledgment of this that I have defined youth empowerment as one of the cardinal objective of our administration.
“In furtherance to this, the Federal Government is planning to employ at least extra 10,000 officers and establish a properly trained and equipped Federal anti-terrorism multi-agency task force to effectively address the challenge of future insurgency in a sustainable manner.
“In order to further strengthen the security of the public space, consideration is being given to the expansion of the (Close Circuit Television) CCTV monitoring system across major cities and towns in the country.” The president also said his administration will expand Close Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring system across major cities and towns to address national security challenges.
Enhancing the operational capacity of officers and men of Nigeria Police through a rigorous training programme that will give them the right civil orientation in their roles as guardians of the nation’s constitution was promised by the president. Another consideration by the governmrnt, according to Buhari, is state-level community interaction that will integrate members of the community to policing functions at the grassroots. He lauded the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for dismantling road blocks, replacing them with motorized patrols with over 500 patrol vehicles to check criminal activities across the country.
He reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure efficient, disciplined and people-friendly and well compensated security architecture. Other key speakers at the event were the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubukar, The Sun Newspapers publisher, Orji Uzor Kalu and Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase.